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■ Cisco names Marco SMB Partner of the Year

Cisco recently named Marco, Inc. as their 2013 Central Area Small to Medium Business Partner of the Year.

The award was presented to Marco for taking a leadership position in implementing unified communications and cloud networking systems amongst other Cisco technologies. Cisco recognized Marco for creating custom processes designed to help scale resources, extend sales reach and contribute to their growth.

Marco is a Cisco Premier Partner meeting standards set forth by Cisco for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction. Marco’s certifications from Cisco include advanced unified computing specialization, advanced collaboration architecture specialization, advanced unified communications, advanced wireless LAN, advanced routing and switching, advanced security and express foundation specialization.

■ WSN helps secure funding

for three Minnesota cities

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced record support for eight Minnesota projects.

The more than $38.6 million in funds is an investment that will improve water and wastewater services. The funds received will help provide safe, clean water for each community.

Pat Conroy, senior funding specialist with Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN), helped secure funding for three of the eight Minnesota cities. Conroy completed applications that helped the cities of Herman, Verndale, and Lewisville obtain loans and grants for their projects.

The city of Herman will use $1.8 million in grants and $850,000 in loans to address contamination sections in the city’s water treatment system. The awarded funds will enable the city to drill a new well and build a new water treatment plant that will remove arsenic, iron, and manganese, and will include a chemical addition for disinfection. A new water storage tank will also be built for the city.

The city of Verndale is receiving about $1.4 million in loans and $830,000 in grants that will enable the city to replace its existing wastewater collection system, expand the system so that it includes local homes, and install a new main pump station. The improvements to the wastewater system will provide safe wastewater management for Verndale and its surrounding communities.

In Lewisville, the city will use about $300,000 in loans to replace various watermains and water hydrants throughout the community. Lewisville’s elevated storage tank will be repaired, and the city plans to connect to the Red Rock Rural Water District to take its wells off-line.

■ Weichert Realtors honored at convention

On the heels of a local event honoring year-end award winning agents from Weichert Realtors - Tower Properties, the 2013 honorees were again recognized at the Weichert National Convention held at the end of March in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Five of the Brainerd agency’s high achievers received national awards from Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. (WREA). Topping the list was Mark Sjoblom, inductee into the WREA

2013 Ambassador Club, followed by Nikki Hirschey, inductee into the WREA 2013 Executive Club. These are two of the three top categories of awards to agents presented annually. The WREA 2013 Sales Achievement Award was presented to Alicia Elson, Carolyn Olson, and Preston Peters. All awards are based on minimum requirement per award category in gross commission income or units earned in 2013. These agents earned their recognition from among associates in 37 states at year’s end.


Bon-Ton Stores donate to

Tiny Tim Rescue Fund

The Bon-Ton Stores, parent company of Herberger’s, donated more than $21,000 to the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund in 2013.

The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund is a 501c-3 charitable nonprofit organization started in 2011 by Bon-Ton’s private brand designer, John Bartlett, in memory of his three-legged pit bull named Tiny Tim.

A portion of proceeds from the John Bartlett Tiny Tim Pet Collection sold at Bon-Ton is donated to the organization annually. Bon-Ton donated a total of $75,712 since 2011. The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund provides the funds for medical attention, training, affection, human interaction and foster parents to animals that are rescued from high-kill shelters. The Tiny Tim collection sold at Bergner’s and online at offers pet beds, collars, mats, toys and accessories.

■ Operation Round-Up funds distributed

The Crow Wing Power Community Trust Board donated $47,450 to local community programs during its second quarter meeting in April.

Operation Round-Up funds were distributed to the following projects: $700 to American Red Cross Blood Drive, Brainerd; $1,000 to The Center, Brainerd; $450 to Friends of Old Crow Wing, Brainerd; $500 to Brainerd Senior Dance Club; $500 to Deerwood Senior Dance Club; $1,500 to Lutheran Social Service Senior Nutrition, Pierz; $2,000 to Salem West Community Program, Deerwood; $500 to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Quilters, Pillager; $2,000 to Kinship Partners, Brainerd; $2,000 to Northland Arboretum, Brainerd; $2,500 to Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Crosby; $500 Immanual Lutheran Church Quilters, Hillman; $1,000 to Fast Cop, Ironton; $2,000 to Camp Olson YMCA, Longville; $2,000 to Lakes Area Chaplaincy, Brainerd; $500 to Crosslake Lutheran Church Quilters; $1,000 to Legionville School Patrol, Brainerd; $2,000 to Backus Emergency Medical Team; $2,000 to Our Place Drop-In Center, Brainerd; $3,000 to Central Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, Brainerd; $3,000 to Fort Ripley/St. Mathias First Responders, Brainerd; $2,500 to Breath of Life Adult Day Service, Brainerd; $2,500 to United Way of Crow Wing & Cass, Brainerd; $3,000 to Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, Baxter; $3,000 to Crow Wing County Collaborative Service Team, Brainerd; $2,500 to Reading Early Assists Development, Crosby; $1,000 to Jessie Hallett Memorial Library, Crosby; $300 to Nisswa Community Children’s Library; $500 to Lord of Life Church Quilters, Baxter; and $1,500 to Private Cooperative Member Crisis Medical Support.

Operation Round-Up is funded by participating members of Crow Wing Power who allow the cooperative to round up their electric bills to the nearest whole dollar. The additional change is pooled and distributed quarterly. Since the program’s inception in late 1996, Round-Up has donated more than $2,560,000 to community projects and programs in Cass, Crow Wing and Morrison counties.

The next quarterly meeting is scheduled July 24. Grant forms can be obtained by calling Crow Wing Power at 829-2827 or 800-648-9401 or at The deadline for grant applications is July 10.

■ RED Day set to lend a

hand in Brainerd and Baxter

BAXTER — Keller Williams associates may be taking the day off on Thursday but it will hardly be a day of rest.

Associates with the Keller Williams Realty Professionals have chosen to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, the company’s national, annual day of service, dedicated to renewing, energizing, and donating to their local communities.

As part of the RED Day effort, Keller Williams Realty Professionals has chosen to spend the day at Brainerd and Baxter Cub Foods locations. The associates will be collecting food and monetary donations for the local food shelf. Associates will be collecting at each Cub Foods location from noon until 6 p.m.

The local Salvation Army will be assisting the Keller Williams Realty Professionals associates in the collection and distribution of items.

“RED Day is built on the belief that people can and should come together to achieve extraordinary things to help others,” said Team Leader Carrie Lee, in a news release. “Last year, we assisted with bagging and carrying out of groceries. We can’t tell you what an impact it made on each of us personally. We all know that filling all the gaps in our communities can’t be accomplished by serving just once a year. RED Day just happens to be the one-day expression of the constant state of the Keller Williams culture. We see a need, discover who can meet it and get it done.”

Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community members in need.

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